New Caledonia profile

A dancer in traditional costume and athletes of the Caledonian delegation perform a haka during the Opening Ceremony for the 14th Pacific Games in Noumea, New-Caledonia
New Caledonia hosted the 2011 Pacific Games
  • Territory: New Caledonia
  • Status: French overseas territory
  • Population: 259,000 (UN, 2012)
  • Capital: Noumea
  • Area: 18,575 sq km (7,172 sq miles)
  • Major languages: French (official), Melanesian and Polynesian dialects
  • Major religions: Christianity, indigenous beliefs
  • Life expectancy: 74 years (men), 80 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: Pacific franc
  • Main exports: Nickel, prawns
  • GNI per capita: n/a
  • Internet domain: .nc
  • International dialling code: +687